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Healing Emotional Wounds

Healing Emotional Wounds

“What happens when people open their hearts?" "They get better.” ― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood Healing Emotional Wounds I was on my last interview of the day. Quite possibly, outside of holding a finished book in my hands, the media interviews are my favorite...

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Unwrap the Gift of Thoughtfulness

Unwrap the Gift of Thoughtfulness

I know for certain that we never lost the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought, and decision we make.Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by...

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From Grief to Gratitude

From Grief to Gratitude

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. John Milton A Sympathy Card I Would Send Myself I needed to find a FED EX drop off site, so I was...

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How I Worked Through a Negative Emotion

How I Worked Through a Negative Emotion

"In an age of acceleration, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow. And in an age of distraction, nothing is so luxurious as paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still.” Pico Iyer Living in Yesterday's...

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Redefining Good

Redefining Good

The presence of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus) and COVID-19 (the disease) in our communities are phenomena that are not just causing anxiety. They are revealing it. They are drawing back the curtain on who we already are. I don't need to go into all the ways our lives are...

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Reflections on Regret

Reflections on Regret

Some of the stories I wanted to write would necessitate that I awaken sleeping giants that I didn't want to disturb. In order to write with any authority, I would have to relive some of my past.Some of the stories were about things better left unsaid, things that...

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Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

“Everybody has a home team: It’s the people you call when you get a flat tire or when something terrible happens. It’s the people who, near or far, know everything that’s wrong with you and love you anyways. These are the ones who tell you their secrets, who get...

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Awakening to Our True Self

Awakening to Our True Self

The false self is often seen as 'the idealized self' or the self through which we operate because our true self just somewhere along the line (usually quite young) felt too weak, inadequate, or overwhelmed to function and gain approval in the situation in which it...

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Beneath Every Attitude

Beneath Every Attitude

“We waste so much energy trying to cover up who we are when beneath every attitude is the want to be loved, and beneath every anger is a wound to be healed and beneath every sadness is the fear that there will not be enough time.When we hesitate in being direct, we...

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Every Summer Has a Story

Every Summer Has a Story

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby A Summer Full of Somber Stories...

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